HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Nigerian and Foreign Languages and Literatures is a new Department created by a fusion of former Department of Nigerian Languages and Literatures with the Department of Foreign Languages, both of the Faculty of Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, in 2009. The two Departments were among the foundation Departments, in the Faculty of Arts, Ogun State University now Olabisi Onabanjo University, established in January, 1983.

The Department offers a three and four-year degree programmes in Yoruba and French. The two programme are also available to Education students who wish to offer them as their major or minor teaching subjects. Presently, the Department has students who are offering courses leading to the award of B.A. Degree in Yoruba and French.

In addition to this, about four hundred students from the Faculty of Education and other Departments in the Faculty of Arts are offering Yoruba and French courses.

The Yoruba studies arm of the Department is the nerve centre for fostering Yoruba culture, thought, wisdom knowledge and experience as it is reflected in the Olabisi Onabanjo University crest. The French studies arm of the Department is indispensable for students who wish to have bilingual knowledge of the two operational lingual Franca of the ECOWAS Communities which share boundaries with Nigeria.

The importance and productivity of the programme could be seen in the exemplary performance of our students in the labour market today. Many of our graduates are in the civil, academic, finance, commercial communications, music and film making sectors, of the nation. Their contributions to national growth are an attestation to the intellectual disposition of the programmes and commitment of our staff, to the students academic foundation while in the Department.

Bachelor of Arts in Yoruba (B.A. Hons.  Yoruba)
Philosophy and objectives:
The philosophy and objectives of the Department are as follows: To introduce students to theoretical and practical study of the Yoruba language structures and usage.  The study of Yoruba will make students proficient in the language. Others are: To produce highly trained academic translators and interpreters in the major language area (Yoruba). – To develop in the students, the necessary basic analytical skills required for analyzing and appreciating literary works written in Yoruba. – To help the students improve their expressive abilities in both oral and written Yoruba.  -To enable students have deep and wide knowledge of Yoruba literature in genres, characteristics features of its oral and written forms and their relevance to the society. -To sharpen the students’ sense of Yoruba stylistics, literary appreciation and criticism.  Due to the linguistic nature of the language, special attention is paid to constant laboratory work, oral and aural comprehension and composition exercises.  With these, our graduates can seek employment in more than one area.

Bachelor of Arts in French (B.A. Hons. French)
Philosophy and objectives:
The philosophy and objectives of the Department are as follows: – To introduce students to theoretical and practical study of the French language structures and usage.  The study of French will make students proficient in the language. The students will also be exposed to a second foreign language (Russian/German/Japanese) at both the elementary and advanced levels. – To produce highly trained academic translators and interpreters in the major language area (French).- To develop in the students, the necessary basic analytical skills required for analyzing and appreciating literary works written in French. – To help the students improve their expressive abilities in both oral and written French. To sharpen the students’ sense of French stylistics and literary appreciation and criticism.  Due to the linguistic nature of the language, special attention is paid to constant laboratory work, oral and aural comprehension and composition exercises.  With these, our graduates can seek employment in more than one area, as a result of being professionally relevant in the society.

(a)    Entry Requirements (Yoruba)
        For the admission into the Yoruba section of the department a candidate must meet up with the requirements of at least five credits including English language.  In addition, to qualify for admission for Honours Degree in Yoruba/French, all candidates must have at least a ‘pass’ in Mathematics at the G.C.E. O’Level/West African School Certificate Examination or The National Examination Council.

(i)    UME Requirements:
To qualify for admission through the UME, a candidate is expected to have passed five subjects at credit level at the General Certificate in Education/West African School Certificate Examination or National Examination Council at not more than two sittings.  The candidate must also have at least a “pass” in Mathematics.

(ii)        Direct Entry Requirements:
To qualify for Direct Entry Admission, a candidate is expected to have passed at least two A/level subjects plus five subjects at credit level in O’level/WASSCE/SSCE/NECO.

       A Diploma Certificate/NCE in relevant disciplines which is not below Lower Credit can also be considered for Direct Entry.  Candidate with such a certificate is also expected to have at least a “pass” in Mathematics at O’Level.

Entry Requirements (French)
(i)     UME Requirements:
The qualification for entry to a 4-year B.A. Honour Degree is a credit in French at the W.A.S.C./S.S.C.E. or its equivalent (in the case of candidate who has studied in a French Speaking country, provided he/she satisfies the general requirements for admission to Olabisi Onabanjo University).

 Absolute Beginners
       The qualification for entry into 4-years B.A. Honours degree programme is a minimum of five credits, including English Language at not more than two sittings. An applicant need not have a knowledge of French. However, he/she must fulfill Faculty admission requirements.

(ii)    Direct Entry Requirements:
W.A.S.C./S.S.C.E. passed in five subjects comprising 2 ‘A’ level passes including French or the Baccalaureate for a candidate coming from a French-speaking Country, provided he/she satisfies the general requirements for admission into Olabisi Onabanjo University.  NCE degree holders with the requisite pass in French will be considered as candidates for Direct Entry into B.A. degree programme.  They must have obtained at least Merit in French as their teaching requirements.  However, a credit in French at the O’Level may be waived if they applicant went through the Pre-NCE French course.